Work for us

The City of Canada Bay is a dynamic, people focused organisation that prides itself on customer service and community engagement. Council’s vision is to create a City that is innovative, dynamic and sustainable through active partnership with the community and the environment. Council uses a 20 year strategic plan, called YOUR Future 2030, to work towards these important goals.

With more than 320 employees in full time, part time, job sharing, temporary and contract positions across Council's structure, the City of Canada Bay offers positions in technical, operational and business areas.

Council advertises employment opportunities in the Positions Vacant section below and through a variety of external media. Examples include local and state newspapers, such as the Inner West Courier and the Sydney Morning Herald and websites such as Seek and LG Jobs.

Council only accepts applications for advertised positions.

Conditions of employment

All employees of the City of Canada Bay are employed under the Local Government (State) Award which defines conditions of employment such as: rates of pay, leave entitlements, hours of work, training and development, and grievance and dispute procedures.

Employees of Council are also covered by other legislation, including but not limited to:

  • Work Health & Safety - to ensure that Council is a safe and happy place of work.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity - a basic principle in our overall operations requiring all our appointments to be strictly based on merit.
  • Child Protection - some roles within Council are covered by the Commission for Children & Young People Act 1998. All employees who work in positions identified as being child-related employment must undergo a 'Working with Children Check' prior to commencing employment.
Positions vacant

Traineeships

The City of Canada Bay supports the growth of industry by partnering with traineeship providers to upskill young workers. To view traineeship opportunities, please visit the websites of WPC1300apprentice and MyGateway. Otherwise, visit the State Training Services website.

Volunteers

Volunteers are invited to assist in contributing to the City of Canada Bay community through their support of community groups, and participation in events, activities and programs that improve or assist the lives of others. For further information on volunteering in the wider Canada Bay area, including details on current volunteering opportunities, please visit our Volunteer in Canada Bay.

Applying for a position

How to Apply/Application Guidelines

To apply for a position with the City of Canada Bay, you will need to complete an online application. The application will require you to respond to a set of questions relating to the position being applied for and to attach the following documents:

  1. A brief covering letter - outlining why you have applied and why you would be the best person for the role. 
  2. Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

Your application is your opportunity to impress the selection panel so make sure your application:

  • is neatly presented and spell-checked
  • is prepared so that it relates specifically to the position you are applying for
  • includes your full name and contact details
  • is lodged by the closing date, which appears at the bottom of each advertisement. 

Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered.

Who should I contact if I need more information?

If you require additional information on the position, or have any questions about the selection process, please telephone the contact person listed on the advertisement or contact our Customer Services team on 9911 6555.  

Benefits for working with us

The City of Canada Bay is an award-winning local council, surrounded by 19km of beautiful harbour foreshores, first grade sporting fields and a vast number of parks, gardens and open spaces. Our local area is home to unique local businesses and restaurants, historic landmarks and has even provided the setting for the filming of a number of popular television series!

As an employee of the City of Canada Bay you will also enjoy the following variety of benefits (subject to Council policy):

  • Nine day fortnight (for full time staff)
  • Four weeks annual leave per annum
  • 15 days sick/carer's leave per annum
  • Long service leave (after five years continous service)
  • Paid Parental and Supporting Parent Leave (after 12 months of continuous service)
  • Up to $3,000 per annum as part of Council's Staff Education Assistance Program
  • Annual recognition of achievements through the peer-nominated Employee Excellence Awards program
  • Ongoing training and development
  • Active social club
  • Access to a free and confidential Employee Assistance Program
  • Access to a staff wellbeing program
  • Working with skilled and experienced colleagues who also become friends.
Selection process

After you have submitted your application, the selection process continues as follows:

Shortlisting

  • Your application will be reviewed against the Selection Criteria.
  • A Selection Panel generally consists of three people - the Manager of the area, the supervisor of the position advertised or another member from the same team, and an independent person from another Department or from Human Resources.
  • Your suitability will then be compared against the other applicants' and a short list formulated.
  • If you are successful in being shortlisted, you will be contacted by a member of the Selection Panel and invited  in for an interview.
  • If your application has been unsuccessful in making the short list you will receive an email or letter advising of this outcome.
  • The shortlisting process usually takes up to two weeks from the closing date of the position, however, if there is a larger than expected number of applicants, this process may take longer.

Interviews

  • You will be asked a set of pre-determined job-related questions to determine how well you meet the selection criteria.

  • The Selection Panel may also utilise a number of other selection techniques, such as:

    • Case studies - where you are required to read some information and then respond in a set format, for example, responding to a letter from a customer or resident.

    • Presentations – where you are given a relevant topic and asked to present information to the Selection Panel.

    • Role plays - where the applicant is required to demonstrate how they would respond to a particular situation, for example, managing a difficult customer.

    • Examination of work samples - where the applicant brings along samples of work from previous positions.

    • Aptitude and ability testing - where the applicant demonstrates their typing skills, software skills, numerical skills, etc. 

  • If the Selection Committee intends to utilise a selection technique other than a straight-forward interview, you will be advised of this when contact is made to arrange the interview.

  • You should bring your resume, qualifications, birth certificate or passport, and current Driver's Licence with you to the interview.

Post interview

  • The Selection Committee will contact at least two referees for each of the preferred applicants.
  • The preferred applicant/s will be asked to attend a pre-employment medical examination, conducted by an external party. This medical examination is conducted at Council's expense and is designed to assess your physical and functional capacity to perform the position you have applied for.
  • If the position you have applied for is child-related employment, you will undergo a Working with Children Check, conducted by the NSW Commission for Children & Young People. All details for a Working With Children Check will be provided to you by Council, if necessary  and Council will facilitate this check.
  • If you are unsuccessful after attending an interview you will be notified as soon as the preferred applicant/s has formally accepted the position/s.

Offer of employment

  • Once all pre-employment checks are completed, the successful applicant/s will be verbally offered the position and any negotiable conditions of employment (eg hours/days of work, commencement date, start and finish times, who to report to on day one, etc) discussed.
  • The successful applicant/s will then be provided with a written letter of offer of employment.